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Regional Headlines for Saturday, October 20, 2012


Six GOP Lawmakers Support Hensley in Race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Six outgoing Kansas Republican state senators have endorsed the chamber's Democratic leader in his bid for re-election. All six of those announcing their support yesterday for Minority Leader Anthony Hensley are considered GOP moderates. They include Senate Vice President John Vratil, who decided against running for re-election this year, and five who lost their primary races to Republican conservatives.


Court Orders Chance for DNA Argument

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has given a man convicted in a 1982 rape and murder the chance to argue for new DNA testing. The high court ruled yesterday in favor of Robert Lackey. The court ordered a hearing on his DNA testing request in Saline County District Court, which had earlier turned him down. Lackey was convicted in 2002 of first-degree murder and rape in the death of 22-year-old Sara Brecheisen of Salina.


KU Public Health School Receives $1.5 Million Gift

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas has received a $1.5 million gift to help hire leaders for its planned School of Public Health. The donation comes from the Kansas Health Foundation, a private philanthropy based in Wichita. The Kansas Board of Regents endorsed the university's plan to establish the public health school two years ago.

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